Sydney Fringe 2012 Artist Profiles

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Sydney Fringe 2012 Artist Profiles

Sydney Fringe wraps up this weekend but there’s still plenty of time to catch a show. With so many performances to choose from and to help narrow it down, we asked a few artists to tell us a bit about their productions.

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Name of the Show:
Loss, Lust & Longing
Who are you: Yvette Harvey from Ellipsis Productions. I have curated and produced the Loss, Lust & Longing exhibition with around 20 collaborators working in visual arts, poetry, film, sound design & performance each responding to the themes.
How long have you been part of the Fringe: Our exhibition opened last Tuesday and launched on Thursday 20 September, this is our first Fringe experience.
Hardest thing about pulling a show together: The niggly self doubt and learning to accept there will always be last minute surprises. The vision you had months or years ago at the start of a concept or creative phase might be very different to the finished beast but that is part of the joy and the process.
Best thing about Fringe: From the very beginning of the application process the Fringe team have kept up a steady, positive and vibrant stream of support to the artists. Sydney is a different place to launch a show or exhibition as opposed to Melbourne, which enjoys enthusiastic audience support and has a large community for emerging artists. This beautiful city has more of an 'impress me' attitude, and she and her audience deserve to be dazzled. This can be daunting as an emerging artist. The Fringe team have been incredibly helpful and more than that, the staff and the Fringe audiences genuinely want to engage with the art, theatre or events and create a dialogue about what they mean.
When I'm not performing at Fringe I am… A writer and a producer. Ellipsis Productions makes short films and is also working on a Transmedia Story called The Alice App with Publish.D. I am particularly interested in the cross over of new and old technologies and of different media. The App includes film, sound, animation, illustration and fiction and will be coming out next year.
Describe your show in 25 words or less: Artists from diverse arts mediums have responded to the themes, resulting in an intriguing exploration of how the forms compliment and challenge one another.
Dates: 18 - 29 September 2012, Gaffa Gallery.



Name of the show is: Retrospective
Who are you: I'm a wet plate Collodion artist and photographer with a background in hairdressing, styling and makeup artistry. The last nine years I have been successfully running hair, make-up and photography studio in Newtown called Ambo Ars with my business partner Rebecca A Clarke.
How long have you been part of the Fringe: This was our first year to participate at the Fringe festival.
Hardest thing about pulling a show together: It's like pulling anything together; some things work, some don't, but I have to be honest and say it wasn't too hard. I have to thank to all of my friends that got involved and even perform as guest artists – that night it made all easier for me.
Best thing about Fringe: Is to keep art and Newtown a live. Unfortunately we don't have enough of this kind of festivals in Sydney.
When I'm not performing at Fringe I am: A father, make-up artist, hair stylist, photographer, and wet plate Collodion artist – I think that’s all.
Describe your show in 25 words or less: Besides my photography work and video art Silence V to show, I have a few guest performance artists, DJs, the synth music project of Gallery Serpentine with ten keyboards playing a live soundtrack for a mini fashion show by Serpentine, burlesque dancers, with a Zombie portraiture artist.
Dates: 9 September, Serpentine Gallery.

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Name of the Show:
100 Years of Lizards
Who are you: Ngaire O'Leary -director
How long have you been part of the Fringe: This is my second year at the fringe.
Hardest thing about pulling a show together: Finding space! Performance Space, rehearsal space... So much demand and so little room.
Best thing about Fringe: Working with other artists.
When I'm not performing at Fringe I am… a technical manager.
Describe your show in 25 words or less: A classic scientist/lizard/organ harvesting television host’s love triangle with an ancient reptilian species, bent on taking over the world.
Dates: 20, 24-26 September, New Theatre.

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Name of the show:
Amelia Ryan is a Storm in a D Cup
Who are you: Amelia Ryan
How long have you been part of the Fringe: I submitted my application in March of this year.
Hardest thing about pulling a show together: The production part; deadlines, publicity, getting all of the black and white parts done. The creative 'grey' area is a breeze.
Best thing about Fringe: Bringing the arts, creativity, performance and festivity to Sydney. And being chosen as the Springboard recipient – a Fringe initiative that helps support and nurture a show, through the creative and production process).
When I'm not performing at Fringe I am… Doing one of several random jobs to help support this bigger picture that is the world of performance.
Describe your show in 25 words or less: A fun, fabulous and completely candid one-woman show, where Sex in the City meets Cabaret.
Dates: 22, 23, 27, 29 September at The Supper Club.

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Name of the show: Win/Win: Power, Privilege and My Little Pony
Who are you: Leon Ewing
How long have you been part of the Fringe: I’m a Fringe virgin.
Hardest thing about pulling a show together: Getting people off their fat arse and into the theatre...
Best thing about Fringe: All the independent artists busting their nuts to make something new.
When I’m not performing at Fringe… I'm a music producer and filmmaker working out of the Burringurrah community in remote Northwest WA.
Describe your show in 25 words or less: A demotivational seminar that mashes up-to-the minute current affairs and political satire into a PowerPoint presentation of internet meme, sexy dance moves and puppetry. Explore the ethical and evolutionary imperatives of existence through case study, infographics and a little homework. Ask yourself, 'Just how wrong is wrong?'
Dates: 19 - 22 September, PACT Theatre.

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Name of the Show:
Bard to the Bone
Who are you: Oli Burton, director/producer/performer.
How long have you been part of the Fringe: This is my first year at the Sydney Fringe.
Hardest thing about pulling a show together: I was away in Edinburgh for the Edinburgh Fringe until two weeks ago so definitely had to hit the ground running with rehearsal and publicity as soon as I got back.
Best thing about Fringe: The opportunity to take your work to different audiences; to work in venues that may not otherwise consider providing a home to artists; to prove the Sydney is a place where the arts are thriving and that we all should be working harder to cultivate the pursuits of passionate, talented people!
When I'm not performing at Fringe I am… A theatre producer and actor.
Describe your show in 25 words or less: Bard to the Bone is an entirely improvised Shakespearean play based on your suggestion.
Dates: 21 & 27 September @ 9pm, 29 & 30 September @ 3pm, The New Theatre.



By ANNABANANA, 24 September 2012
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